Not Guilty Pleas

Becky O'Donnell

The attorney for the woman accused in the death of former state senator Linda Collins entered not guilty pleas on her behalf at her arraignment Tuesday afternoon.

When Retired Circuit Judge David Goodson asked 48-year old Rebecca O’Donnell, of Pocahontas, if she understood each of the three charges against her, capital murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse, each time, she answered a simple, “Yes.”

Third Judicial Circuit Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce says the state of Arkansas will seek the death penalty.

For the first time since O’Donnell’s arrest on June 14th, officials released some court records that reveal what led police to the arrest.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Collins was last seen alive May 28th. That same day, O’Donnell was filmed inside the former lawmaker’s home removing security cameras.

Arkansas State Police say in the affidavit that Collins’ son and her father found her stabbed to death outside her home in Pocahontas on June 4th. Her body was wrapped in a blanket under a tarp in the driveway. It was said to be in an advanced state of decomposition. Investigators determined that her body had been moved from inside the home.

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